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Alen Hanson knocks in winning run over Dodgers in ninth inning

How do you spell clutch? Tonight, Giants fans will be spelling it H-A-N-S-O-N. Alen Hanson provided both RBIs for the Giants in a second-straight win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers tied the game at 1-1 in the eighth inning, but Hanson led the Giants to add a run in the ninth and take a 2-1 win.

Hanson put the Giants on the scoreboard early, with a two-out single in the second inning with Evan Longoria on second base. Hanson was hitting with the pitcher, Andy Suarez on deck – who, despite picking up a single in the game, is not a reliable threat at the plate. That one-run lead held until the eighth.

After a scuffle between Nick Hundley and Yasiel Puig in the seventh inning saw both players ejected, Brandon Belt, who returned from the 10-day disabled list today, took Buster Posey’s place at first base while Posey shifted behind the plate. This proved crucial, as Belt followed a single from Evan Longoria with his own to open the ninth inning.

When a failed bunt attempt from Austin Slater saw Longoria out at third, Belt became the potential leading – and eventually winning – run at second. After a strikeout from Steven Duggar, Hanson again came up in a two-out situation and pulled through, knocking in Belt from second to give the Giants the one-run lead they needed to secure the win.


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